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New On My Shelf This Week

This week, there is yet another welcome return to Fiction Books for author Stan Schatt, who stopped by with a copy of his third paranormal / detective story in the ‘Frankie & Josh’ mystery series.

Thanks as ever, goes to NetGalley for facilitating the Kindle download of the book and to Stan for his continued support and excellent guest posts.


Hollywood stars! Politicians! Betrayal! Murder! And a by-the-book cop just trying to do her job in the middle of it all.

To solve the murder of a movie star just weeks before the Academy Awards, Detective Frankie Ryan has to navigate through a web of Hollywood secrets and political landmines, not to mention the “old boys club” in her own police department. The presence of a new designer drug and the deaths it is tallying up threaten to hinder her investigation and leave her without a suspect—and maybe out of a job. Even with the aid of psychic reporter Josh Harrell, there is more confusion around every corner. Trusted friends will turn on her, leaving her unsure who to believe and who might be in on the murder and conspiracy.

Can Frankie discover the killer before it is too late?


Image Of Author Stan SchattStan would perhaps describe himself as a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things.

His insatiable curiosity, might be well born out by the veritable roll call of jobs he has held over the years; including, but not limited to: autopsy assistant, police department administrator, salesman, sales manager, literature professor, telecommunications professor, technology analyst, and research director.

For many years he worked as a technology analyst, covering such diverse areas as: green technology, wireless networking, network security, and local area networks. He has written several books on these topics and started Schatt Research as a way for him to publish his views on key technology trends. Because traditional market research firms charge such outrageous fees for their reports, he decided to publish his studies as books online, available at Amazon for a tiny fraction of what the companies he worked for, sold the same type of material.

He is now a  full-time writer and lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife, Jane. He is primarily writing mysteries at the moment when it comes to fiction, together with his technology papers and non-fiction books focusing on careers and retirement.

He is also a volunteer job facilitator for the Jewish Family Service in San Diego, with the goal of finding good jobs for the unemployed.

Catch up with all the latest news at Stan’s website

Check in with him on Twitter

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday’

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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Vicki,

      This is the third book in the ‘Frankie & Josh’ paranormal mystery series and I have to say that this has been my one and only foray into reading anything from the genre.

      Stan was so persuasive when he first approached me to request a review for the debut book in the series ‘Silent Partner’ and his regular guest posts to accompany the books proved to be so interesting and popular with my readers, that I quickly became hooked on both his eloquent writing style and the interesting characters he has created.

      I don’t think that I can be persuaded to make the paranormal one of my regular reading genres, but I am having fun with this series!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you and have a Happy Reading week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I hadn’t thought about it from that point of view, so perhaps Stan will stop by and enlighten us as to whether the publication date was sheer coincidence, or something more planned and considered!

      Either way, I’m going to enjoy going along for the ride, even though in real life, awards ceremonies don’t really interest me in the least and I never watch them.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by with such an interesting comment, I appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      You only have to ask some of my regular followers and blogging friends, to discover just how bad I am at ‘series reading’ and how I generally tend to stick to stand alone stories.

      There are only a handful of authors in my portfolio, where I have been in on a series right from the beginning and with which I have kept pace tracking their latest series additions.

      I wouldn’t say that I would read every fiction book Stan has written, as does diversify in his genres and I am definitely not a science fiction fan for instance. However, the way in which he presents a mystery with a paranormal twist, I have found very much to my liking, so long may it continue!

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you and I appreciate your comment 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      The ‘Frankie And Josh’ series, whilst intriguing, with good solid police precedural storylines, isn’t too heavy going and doesn’t go overboard on the paranormal aspects, which suits me just fine!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out this week’s post, it is always good to hear from you 🙂

  • Stan is a new author to me and Death & Donuts sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing the author’s info and I hope you enjoy the book.
    Happy Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      Whilst so many of my fellow Mailbox Monday bloggers, enjoy overflowing piles of new books each week, my own offering is usually only one or two new titles, which affords me the opportunity to share a bit of information about the author, as well as the book.

      Stan Schatt has been writing both fiction and non fiction papers and books for many years now, although he and I have only been chatting for a year or so, during which time he has been kind enough to forward copies of all his new books and has kept me well supplied with some excellent guest posts. Stan is one of the best!

      Thanks for hosting MM this month and for stopping by, I appreciate your support 🙂

  • I’ve enjoyed reading the posts you’ve shared about this author and this series in the past, and this looks like a fun new installment. The cover is simple, yet quite appealing!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am quite keen for this book to get to the top of my TBR pile, as so far the cover art for the books in the series, whilst nothing too dramatic, has been quite conservative. ‘Death & Donuts’ however, seems to be bucking the trend and I am anxious to make sure that Stan’s style of writing hasn’t changed in some way.

      Stan certainly knows how to present a compelling guest post, which is both friendly, yet informative. I think the fact that he is a long term technical author is evident in his confident writing style and that he seems to be able to turn his hand to mastering several different genres across the fiction spectrum.

      I always look forward to opening emails which he sends across.

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that your week is going well so far 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      Whilst the series has developed into one of interesting and well documented police procedural, Stan has introduced a slightly fun aspect into his stories, with the inclusion of some light hearted paranormal activity, which enhances rather than detracts from the main premise of the stories.

      I generally fight shy of anything connected with the paranormal and associated genres, however Stan has done a great job of introducing me to the concept of the paranormal mystery, in such an easy way, that who knows what the future may hold!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      We don’t eat doughnuts very often, although if we are at a show or country fair, the smell from the freshly cooked doughnut van, is very often too tempting to resist.

      Our traditional ring doughnut is quite different from those we have tasted in the US and the jam doughnut definitely seems to be something which is uniquely Britsh.



      As I will admit to having rather a sweet tooth, I’m much better off abstaining completely, although checking out all the recipe options has made me decidedly peckish!

      The only death I can envisage in connection with donoughts, are all the calories I might consume!

      Thanks for stopping by, great to chat with you and I hope that you are well 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann. The book I am currently reading, ‘Deacon’s Folly’, is very intense and emotionally challenging, so a few lighter reads to follow, may not be such a bad thing!

      Thanks for visiting today and I hope that you too have a good week ahead.

      Happy Reading 🙂

  • Loving the cover. There are aspects of this book that really appeal to me – Frankie sounds like a good, feisty character which I always appreciate and I like the idea of a psychic reporter – and yet I’m not 100% convinced this is one for me.

    • Hi Tracy,

      To my shame, I still haven’t posted full reviews of the two previous books in the ‘Frankie & Josh’ series yet, however you should check out ‘Silent Partner’ and ‘Bullet For The Ghost Whisperer’. The books do work okay as stand alones, but to get a true feeling of the relationship between Frankie and Josh, you might be better off by reading the series in sequential order.

      The storylines aren’t overly complicated or heavy going and Stan’s writing style is very open and easy to read. I was one of the biggest skeptics when it comes to anything related to the paranormal, but I haven’t had any trouble in getting involved in this series, even though I wouldn’t want to make it one of my regular genres of choice.

      I hope that you decide to at least try ‘Silent Partner’ and see how you get on with it, but thanks for taking the time to comment anyway and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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